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Home server definition

A home server is a computer that functions in a home network. For example, a simple personal computer with a big hard drive, sufficient memory, and a network connection. In most cases, home servers are used as media storage, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Let's take a look at how you can use tem, the benefits of home servers, and how to set them up.

Home server use cases

  • Data storage and backup. Create a home media server and store photos, videos, music, and documents all in one place. You won’t have to pay a monthly subscription for cloud storage, and everyone in your family will be able to access the files from anywhere.
  • Gaming. Some online games allow you to host games on your own server. This way, you and your friends can all connect to your server and have a fast and stable connection.
  • Web hosting. Whether it’s a cooking blog or a website for your home business, hosting it on your own server will save you some money and give you complete control over it. And if your website starts gaining serious traffic, you can always switch to a hosting service.
  • Home automation. Use a home server to manage your smart home. Think of it as a central control panel for your heating, lighting, sound system, and IoT devices.
  • VPN server. Use NordVPN’s Meshnet feature and set up your very own VPN exit point.